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Aug 10, 2020 Ted Nelson (text), Kathy Johnson (picture)
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While I was at the University of Chicago,  I managed to come back and put on another musical  at Swarthmore. This was a very bad idea, but I couldn't stay away. It was the third musical I put on at Swarthmore,  after "Anything & Everything" (Nov 1957)  and "Something for Nothing"(1958)  (both in collaboration with Richard L. Caplan  doing the music, and both are on the Internet Archive). "Anything & Everything" can be heard at...
Topics: rock musical, musicale, graduate school
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Aug 3, 2020 Theodor Holm Nelson
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The conference was   "The Third International Cognitive Technology Conference". (It has continued as an annual conference;  at one of these, in Bulgaria, Ted spoke also.) Ted was scheduled to speak after lunch  (a bad time because listeners get sleepy). All we have of Ted's talk is the title,  "General Schematics and the Technology of Intercomparison". However, we know "General Schematics"  is Ted's philosophical system  of structural abstraction and...
Topic: general schematics
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Jul 21, 2020 Ted Nelson
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This is the houseboat Marlene bought  about 1990. Very happy and comfortable.
Topics: floating home, Sausalito
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Jul 19, 2020 Jarrell L. Zimquist
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These two pages were the cover letter  from the Executive Office of the President  (of the United States), asking recipients to propose an  "Automatic Data Processing capability"  that "all the agences" of the Executive Office of the President  could use.  He wanted some kind of computer system  but had no idea what, apparently. (The era of personal computers had begun,  but the author, Mr. Zimquist,  didn't think of just going to a store  and buying a TRS-80 or an...
Topics: workstation, president, personal computer
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Jul 13, 2020 Ted Nelson
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I mis-spent a year at Brown University,  helping with a system that unfortunately  dumbed down the idea of hypertext. This is the script I wrote for what would be a demo  at the Spring Joint Computer Conference,   probably in 1968,  IBM called it "too far out." The script includes the "Pale Fire" demo, for which I had gotten  permission from the publisher;  that "Pale Fire" demo was finished in 2018  (half a century later)  with collaborator Edward Betts....
Topics: hypertext, parallel pages
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Jun 16, 2020 Ted Nelson
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This was a poster starting a sociology club  during my senior year at Swarthmore,  when I was MUCH too busy. One professor came from Penn,  and I spoke on Ethnic Anarchism.  Only Professor Scriven came, but he took it seriously. Meanwhile, Margaret Mead came to speak  under some other auspice.  I took the train in with her to Philadephia  in order to have a half-hour conversation.
Topics: margaret mead, sociology, Swarthmore
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Jun 16, 2020 Azlen Elza
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This implements a key idea of which  I've built many prototypes. Its was posted on Twitter, 15 Juene 2020,  by Azlen Elza, whom I do not know. It beautifully exemplifies  what I've long been talking about,  especially in "Xanadu Basics 1a"-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMKy52Intac Thanks, Azlen, wherever you are.
Topics: hypertext, nelson document, neldoc
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Jun 11, 2020 H. Gopoian, IBM
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How remarkable-- I'd forgotten this. How might the world be different  if I'd gone to IBM? I was at the time of that letter  trying to build Xanadu in a corporate environment,  at Harcourt Brace & World Publishers-- here was my proposal-- https://archive.org/details/xudpharcourt1966 However,  that endeavor was doomed--  paradoxically, because Harcourt was an "IBM shop",  committed to using only IBM computers. But IBM Watson Center was, I understand,  an open-minded place--...
Topics: irony, mainframe, Watson, Poughkeepsie
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May 31, 2020 Toronto Globe & Mail
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What Ted was trying to do,  reported in the Toronto Globe and Mail,  1979.
Topics: hypertext, Xanadu
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May 29, 2020 Ted Nelson
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This is the published version of  the theory of biostatus  (explaining morale, depression and energy). You can read it better  at https://archive.org/details/SecretOfHumanLife This version appeared in the short-lived  "Journal of Economic and Social Intelligence",  edited by Blaise Cronin,  in 1993.
Topic: Biostatus
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May 25, 2020 Ted Nelson
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TIME TRAVEL BACKWARDS! A letter to my son, continuing the  Dr. Chalmers epic.
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Topics: fantasy, TIME TRAVE, children's story, children's story
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May 13, 2020 Ted Nelson
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I made this diagram was a thinking tool as I tried to understand  Smalltalk.  (If you can't read it, the readable text  is also available herein-- click on PDFs, to the right--  if you're really interested you can download the text PDF  and print it out.) My progressive understanding  resulted in a book-length collection later that year  of many pages on the subject of object-oriented languages--  a huge flight of articles in  Creative Computing ,  a magazine I was editing,  many,...
Topics: Smalltalk, object-oriented, message-passing, actor
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May 13, 2020 Daniele Struppa and Douglas Dechow
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This is the book version of the talks given  at the "Intertwingled" Festival, 24 April 2014.  It was published the following year,  edited by Daniele Struppa (head of Chapman University)  and Douglas Dechow (Digital Science Librarian  at Chapman University). It is offered free as a download by Springer-Verlag  at link.springer.com (search for "Intertwingled"). The resulting page also offers a separate download  of each chapter.
Topics: hypertext, hypermedia, intertwingularity, neologisms
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May 13, 2020 Daniel Rosenberg
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In the video of Rosenberg's lecture,  he speaks of the slides but the camera  does not show them. Here they are.
Topics: Hypertext, Hypermedia, Encyclopedia, Literature
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Apr 25, 2020 Marlene Mallicoat
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Marlene describes the trip,   the town of Sapporo, our laboratory,  and the various excitements and difficulties  of starting to live in Japan.
Topics: Sapporo, Hyperlab, Xanadu, Tatsuno Otoshigo
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Apr 13, 2020 Ted Nelson
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This is a one-page continuation of the  Dr. Chalmers series for my son Erik Nonesuch,  who was 9 at the time. "Founded on and continuing the Dr. Chalmers epic." The book I'm referring to is Computer Lib ,  which I was putting together in Chicago.  It was less near completion at that time  than I hoped.
Topics: Computer Lib, story
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Apr 13, 2020 Ted Nelson
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This is a long story that involves  silver bars, chocolate cake,  a wizard, one or more goblins, a pink elephant  and more. For son Erik Nonesuch, sent on his 12th birthday,  founded on and continuing  the Dr. Chalmers series. Folds in the paper make the odd-numbered  pages slightly hard to read.
Topics: silver, wizard, elephant, goblin
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Apr 13, 2020 Electronics Magazine (author uncredited)
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This appeared in ELECTRONICS magazine  in November 1969. By that time I had already had a cordial visit  with Engelbart, but I had something different  in mind-- not a system for groups,  but a new form of hypertext literature.  That was the Xanadu project.
Topics: literature, groupware, hypertext
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Mar 29, 2020 Ted Nelson
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Published in The Oxford Magazine  (the one in Oxford, England)  in 2008, Hilary Term (whenever that was). Believed to be scientifically accurate,  as well as emotionally.
Topics: nanopheromonics, sexual reproduction, LOVE
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Mar 21, 2020 Jean Parke Holm and Ralph Nelson
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My parents' brief marriage in 1936  had two results that I know of:  me, and this recording by my father,  Ralph Nelson.  At age 22 he was already  experienced in Broadway theater,  and had a marvelous voice. Written by my grandmother, Jean Parke Holm,  "Wolftone" seems to be the epitaph  for a Scandinavian warrior in ancient times  named "Wolftone",  in Skaldic style. Not like conventional rhyming,  the poem has amazing resonances between the words  and phrases...
Topics: Epitaph, Scandinavia, skalds
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Mar 9, 2020 Leslie Howard
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Leslie Howard's travelling Shakespeare company  was playing Hamlet when it stopped in Chicago.   My parents had both been in the company,  but when they separated,  my father, Ralph Nelson, moved on--  he later said that Howard almost killed him in  the duelling scene when he forgot his  contact lenses. My mother was pregnant with me.  Wesley Addy gave her his lower berth  when the company took the train between cities,  until she was too big to understudy Juliet. This was probably...
Topics: Hamlet, Shakespeare, Laertes
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This was an attempt to help publicize  Dr. Lilly's dolphin work in Miami. There seems to be no historical record   that his Miami Lab existed. See also script for a "Man and Dolphin" movie   https://archive.org/details/mananddolphinscript and film including nearly 200 pages of lab notes  from the Miami lab-- https://archive.org/details/LillyNotebooks 
Topics: dolphin, brain, communication
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Feb 2, 2020 Ted Nelson
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This outlined a 3-day course on software design  under Nelson's theory of virtuality  (the original meaning of virtual,   "existing in essence or effect, but not in fact"). Thus a movie is a virtuality  (the story exists in essence but not really)  and software is a virtuality  (a spreadsheet, or word processor, is a virtuality). We explore these ideas.  In the 3-day seminar  as given by Nelson,   teams first make up a movie  and then make up a software design. With much...
Topics: virtuality, software, design, movies
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Nov 26, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I worked for John C. Lilly in Miami, as his photographer and  movie editor. (Shots of my editing setup are on a film just developed  by Stanford-- it could still be developed after fifty years-- https://archive.org/details/LillyNotebooks ) I proposed to make a short movie  dramatizing his work, using the title of his book.  This was the script for that movie.  It would probably have gotten theatrical release,  because of people's great interest in dolphins. However, I quit after a year,...
Topics: dolphin, tursiops, tursiops truncatus, cetacean
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Oct 12, 2019 Ted Nelson
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The terms "cut" and "paste" meant  rearrangement of pieces,  until the meaning was changed in 1984. There is no satisfactory tool for this in computerdom.
Topic: Rearrangement
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Oct 2, 2019 Ted Nelson
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These are the texts shown at the "Xanadu History" video,  in case you want to study them.
Topics: hypertext, Xanadu, networking
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Sep 30, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is the first piece of writing to use the name "Xanadu"  for an intended piece of software. Written just before Christmas in 1966,  it was an effort to persuade William Jovanovich  (head of Harcourt Brace publishers)  to let me build a text system. It proposed to use a not-yet-announced  system from Digital Equipment Corporation  (one of the first graphc stand-alone computers)  as a flagship installation  for experimentation with hypertext. The paper has interesting...
Topic: hypertext
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Sep 16, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is Ted Nelson's editorial from the first   (and only?) issue of HyperAge,  proclaiming a new world of free hypermedia worldwide. Starting on page 5 is Ted Nelson's Hyperworld editorial,  talking about how everybody will be able to publish hypertext. (The text may be more easily read at  https://archive.org/details/callofoceanhyper00tedn It seems to begin as a prediction of the World Wide Web,  but gradually is about Xanadu structure,  which Ted believed would the world publishing...
Topics: Xanadu, hypermedia, hypertext
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Sep 16, 2019 Russ Ryan
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This was an ad for an "alternative folk festival"  in spring 1956.  It was an event held  across a dangerous railroad trestle, at Prewitt's Barn. Perhaps two dozen people made the dangerous trip.  And back.  All returned safely.
Topics: folk festival, banjo, folksongs
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Sep 16, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This shows the actual cut and paste process,  done physically,  that has been denied to us by software  since those two words were redefined in 1984  to mean "hide" (on the invisible hideyhole  called misleadingly the "clipboard")  and "plug" (whatever's in the invisible hideyhole)  to wherever you're pointing. Or since the letters used on both Mac and Windows are C and V,  they could better have stood for Cram and Vomit.
Topics: cut, paste, Macintosh, Windows
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Sep 12, 2019 unknown
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This is from a book (title unknown)  that I had in 2012. It shows the different individuals  who were trying to save the magazine  "Saturday Evening Post"  as it lost circulation. More generally, it shows how parallel  timelines can represent complex events  and their interconnections.
Topics: timelines, interconnection
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Sep 12, 2019 Elliot Porter
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Elliot Porter has long been working on a book  about German spies in California during World War I. They were trying to separate  India from the  British Empire. Years ago, Elliot gave me this picture of connections  from this work.  I hope he finishes it.
Topics: Germany, India, British Empire
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Aug 30, 2019 Nelson et al.
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This is a virtual machine demonstrating  Classical Xanadu, or xu88.  Also distributed as "Udanax Green". We see the two drafts of the Declaration of Independence  managed by the Xanadu software,  with colorful connection lines. This is a virtual machine in VMware format,  running in Ubuntu Linux. It should be runnable in different VM environments,  such as VMware or VirtualBox. CREDITS.  Classic Xanadu software designed  in 1979. Team leader: Ted Nelson Technical lead: Roger...
Topics: hypertext, hypermedia, Xanadu, transpointing windows
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Aug 24, 2019 Ted Nelson
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc8XehpZGso In the above meeting at Brown University  this fuzzy picture is presented as  Ted Nelson's Xanadu design in 1966. Turns out it's Ted's "Xanadu Discussion Paper"  at Harcourt Brace, contained herein as a PDF. It's also available a separate item.
Topics: hypertext, Xanadu
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Aug 23, 2019 Thomas P. McLaughlin et al
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There have been a number of nuclear accidents  where critical mass was accidentally achieved--  either for explosion or serious radiation. This paper reviews these events, with maps.
Topics: criticality, uranium, plutonium
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The show was performed for two nights  at Swarthmore College, as scheduled,  on 22 and 23 November 1957.  [This has been incorrectly stated in some places  as 21 and 22 November.] I wrote the book and lyrics,  Richard L Caplan wrote the songs and arrangements. The songs are on the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/TheFirstRockMusicalRemembered (#21 at that location is a spoken reminiscence.) Several are certifiably rock numbers. Wikipedia does not acknowledge this as the...
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Aug 19, 2019 Ted Nelson
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Aug 11, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This was actually my first publication using the word "Hypertext",  presented (I believe) at the FID conference  (International Documentation Federation) in 1965. (The copiable text is available inside, thanks to Mark Anderson.) Another paper, much better known,  is usually credited with this rollout-- "A File Structure for the Complex, the Changing  and the Indeterminate" also on the Archive, at https://archive.org/details/hartoriginal1965 That one was presented at the...
Topics: hypertext, ted nelson
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This is a fairly long piece about hypertext,  written in March 1968. (TEXT VERSION: this item also contains a PDF of the text,  kindly typed by Mark Anderson.) It's a think-piece, going through a lot of ideas,  including author's environment  ("Proustian text editing")  zipper lists, multicouplers,  parallel texts, versioning, AND multiple documents side by side  with visible connections  (not published until 1972). The mismatch of page numbers comes from  the cover page of...
Topics: hypertext, jump-links
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Aug 10, 2019 Ted Nelson
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(This was a dictation experiment using  a paid Vassar student,  proving that dictation was not a workable method  either for the student or for me.) It was two weeks from the dictation to the typing,  not practical. FNART was my code name for "Fantasm Article".  (I used unchanging code names  for writings whose titles would likely change.)  The typist misheard it. It started to be an article on 3D computer graphics--  then unimaginable by most people--  but also showed that a...
Topics: graphics, 3D
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Aug 9, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This was a meeting that went on into the night  with Elliot Klugman  and friends Lauren Sarno (whom I married much later)  and Skip King. Someone was playing conga drums loudly,  but the discussion and note-taking went on.   Nobody remembers how Lauren and Skip got back to Princeton. THE WORK:   Note that at this time "Xanadu" referred  to various proposed editing screens,  and a data structure based on parallel streams.  (A stream babbles through a bed, right?  so both the...
Topic: Xanadu design
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Aug 9, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I gave a talk at NCC 76,  which predicted ten million personal computers  by 1985. Given that there were only a few thousand  personal computers, built from kits, at this time,  it was a dramatic prediction.  That number was probably not reached until  a few years later,  as the IBM PC and Macintosh took the leads.   
Topic: personal computer
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Aug 9, 2019 Ted Nelson
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In 1965 I published a number of papers.  This is not the one in which the word "hypertext"  first appeared,  but it is the one which had the most impact  and has been frequently cited. It was presented at the ACM 20th National Congress  in Cleveland, with perhaps most of the  computer scientists in the world present  (which was then possible).  The presentation was theatrical and well received.
Topics: hypertext, zippered lists
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Aug 9, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I received word from Bill Gates' assistant  at Digital World 1995  about Bill's famous memo,  when he saw the Web,  saying "Ted Nelson was right about everything."  (I believe I also heard of this memo from Linda Stone.) This was my letter to Gates  asking if I could have a copy of that grand memo.  There was no reply. Note that at that time Microsoft Press  still owned the rights to my book "Computer Lib",  which it eventually gave back to me.
Topics: Bill Gates, hypertext, on-line publishing
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Jul 26, 2019 Erik Nelson
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Jul 26, 2019
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The "Software" show in 1970 took place at the Jewish Museum. Many from the New York "art world" took part. So did the R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S computer club of Princeton, NJ. Nicholas Negroponte's Architecture Machine Group  had a block-stacking machine, illustrated on the cover,  with gerbils.
Topics: Art, Concept Art, New York Art World, R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S.
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"SPL" is short for "Splandremics". Ted's theories of interaction, which he first called   - SPLANDREMICS   (combining "display", "splendor", "dream" and "emics" later,  - FANTICS (from Greek "fainein", to show,   as in "fantastic", "sycophant" and eventually  - VIRTUALITY, to meen SEEMING--  the original meaning, until the word "virtual"  was hijacked for 3-dimensional viewing. These are...
Topics: interaction, user experience
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Jun 20, 2019 Edmund Gale Jewett
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In 1937, there was great neighborliness  around our family farm, Galeridge. When my great-grandfather got a telegram  about my birth in Chicago,  he drove all over to to tell everyone  in our Model A Ford. This is his diary for that day.  It reads: ===   Left 266 [cabin?] with a load of  baggage about 2:00 P.M. Eugenie & I drove by way of Muvails [?] Memorial Hospital and found Frank White making a good come back.   Telegram announcing arrival  of Bobbie's boy reached me about 1...
Topic: Celeste Holm ("Bobbie")
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Jun 19, 2019 Douglas Engelbart
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This is a pocket card summarizing  the operations on Doug Engelbart's  great NLS system. It makes it look simple.  It wasn't.  But it was extremely powerful.
Topic: Groupware
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Jun 19, 2019 Douglas Engelbart
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This is a pocket card summarizing  the operations on Doug Engelbart's  great NLS system.
Topic: Groupware
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May 20, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 20, 2019 Tuomas Lukka
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May 20, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 20, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a 4-page piece from "Guide to the Macintosh Underground",  by Bob LeVitus and Michael Fraase. The light orange printing makes the title hard to read,  but otherwise it's okay.
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The long interview begins on page 54.
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May 20, 2019
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The press often uses the term "hacker"  for those who break into computer systems. However, many ethical computer experts  use the term "hacker" differently, as stated in the letter.
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May 20, 2019
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May 20, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 20, 2019 Nelson, Caplan and Harris
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May 20, 2019
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May 20, 2019
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May 20, 2019
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May 19, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This documents the houseboats of South Forty Pier,   in Sausalito, as they were in 1988. We start with the lovely boat I was renting,  in Berth 18 (greatly changed, it is now at the end  on Berth 20). My son Erik and I video the mud flats  and the other houseboats of the dock. The dock has been upgraded and gentrified  considerably since then. This is of particular interest to residents now.
Topics: houseboat, mud, anchor-out
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May 18, 2019 Ted Nelson
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In 1966, I was assistant to the president of  Harcourt, Brace & World, a major publishing company. I reported directly to the president, who wanted to know  what technologies were coming along.  (My final report  to him is now published under the name "Media 72", available at Lulu.com. He asked me for a sample hypertext on the subject of "slavery in America", and this is what I wrote.  I do not know the precise date.
Topic: hypertext
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May 13, 2019 William Bricken
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May 13, 2019 Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
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iii, 91 pages ; 22 cm
Topics: Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, Constitutions -- United...
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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Here's how the world looked to Ted Nelson in the late eighties.  Here he is interviewed by John Perry Barlow,  circa 1989. This is from an anthology volume of Mondo 200.  Mondo 2000 was an exciting magazine that kept  changing its name, with articles on the coming  new world (some of which we now live in).
Topics: Xanadu, New Age movement, New Age movement, New Age movement
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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The article starts on page 33. It discusses both ZigZag and Xanadu. (From the Keio University symposium  on Creative Digital Media, 2000.)
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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(Fom HyperAge #1, 1988.) Ted's enthusiastic article proclaims a coming new world  where everyone can publish hypertext. This article can be seen as predicting the World Wide Web,  which caught on four years later. As the article goes on, however, it talks about  capabilities the Web doesn't have--  connection to sources, two-way links--  because Ted thought the world system  would be his team's Xanadu,   but it turned out to be  the more trivial World Wide Web. (FULL TEXT BETTER...
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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From a conference in Barcelona, 2001.
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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FORTALEZA DIGITAL!  meaning "Digital Fortress." Hmm.
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May 10, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 5, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I think this was a second-grade composition,  asking what I wanted to be when I grew up. Er
Topics: invention, innovation
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Apr 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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(Thanks to Stanford for developing the film,  it came out amazingly well after 50 years in the can  undeveloped.) While I was working for John C. Lilly, in 1962 and 1963,  at his Miami Lab on Dinner Key   (a lab which Wikipedia does not know existed),  I photographed many daily pages of his Lab notebook.  (The lab notes are roughly from the 40th to the 48th second in this video,  but the pages are unreadable.  I hope the 16mm  will be blown up to 35mm so that those hundred+ pages  of...
Topics: dolphin, tursiops, brain
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Apr 13, 2019 Richard Stallman
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Richard Stallman created important parts of today's software world--  the GNU operating system  (erroneously called "Linux" by many)  see  https://gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html  and copyleft as a way of keeping software free.  See https://gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html.  One of his reasons for doing this was that he didn't like    the secrecy of the Xanadu project (explained below). Making a his own Unix-like system was not, for him,  an end in itself.  It was a means to...
Topics: copyleft, free software
This is the earliest of my computer talks  presently available as a recording,  at the RAND Corporation in 1966. The introduction is by fellow Swarthmorean  Roger Levien, who was on the opposite  side of the campus (fraternities)  and a fine guy.   (Thanks to Henry Lowood and the Stanford Media Preservation Lab,  where the tape was reformatted and digitized.  The original audiotape and papers  that came with it are at Stanford.) The talk was at the RAND Corporation,  the celebrated...
Topic: freedom
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Apr 9, 2019 Theodor Holm
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Theodor Holm, who raised his daughter Celeste Holm  and his grandson Theodor Holm Nelson,  here describes his own boyhood on the coast of Norway. It was a wonderful big family.   The author was the  youngest of eleven children. A photographic book of that family, in the 1890s,  is on the Archive, taken by a young man who would  later marry one of the daughters. https://archive.org/details/prestegardsminne00land The property on which they lived  is now called "Haa Gamle...
Topics: prestegaard, norway
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Apr 7, 2019 Edmund Gale Jewett
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This is the mortgage taken out on the first parcel  of our family farm, Galeridge, in 1921. Not held by a bank but by an individual.
Topic: old-fashioned
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Apr 6, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is the most sweeping statement of the ideals  behind the Xanadu project.
Topic: freedom
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Apr 6, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This letter to the editor corrects a writeup in New Scientist    that mis-stated hypertext  and my work on it at Brown University. A PDF of the original page is also enclosed.
Topics: media, perpetuity
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Apr 4, 2019 Ted Nelson
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A story written for my son.
Topic: children's stories
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Apr 3, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This begins an essay, now lost,  on what our computer screens would be like. Was I wrong?
Topics: computer graphics, interaction
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Apr 3, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a poem about the Carousel in Central Park,  which I have known and ridden  at different times in my life.
Topic: merry-go-round
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Mar 31, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a conversation out the window  with bypassers Taylor Fogelquist and his wife Catherine Gray,  both very smart. What is at the center of the earth?  My hypothesis: a spinning ball of plasma,  which accounts for--   - the movement of the magnetic pole,   - the slowing of the earth's rotation,   - the magnetic flip recorded in rocks,   - veins of ore that give us gold, tin, uranium ...   - (and so-called "fossil fuels"). This is much more fully expounded in my 70th...
Topics: magnetic north, mineshaft, ore
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Mar 30, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is one of the Dr. Chalmers stories  I told (in this case wrote) to my son.
Topic: superhero
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This comic is both a satire on library automation  (as of 1977) and a plug for the Xanadu Stand. "A Dream for Irving Snerd" was published  in *Creative Computing* magazine, May-June issue, 1977. The satire is mostly in the titles of the  technical papers, which you have to read upside-down. But it's also an ad for the Xanadu Stand concept,  which I wanted to make the document repository of the future. A color photo of a model Xanadu Stand  (made with clay and pencils) is at...
Topics: satire, libraries, computers
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is an application to patent the algorithms  of the Xanadu system, ca. 1973.  This is the one called Hypertyper,  under development with Cal Daniels. Not filed.  Too much happening.
Topics: hypertext, animation
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Mar 27, 2019 Jean Parke Holm
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This is a novel my grandmother wrote in her eighties.  It was found and completed not long before she died,  circa 1972. The poetry is remarkable-- especially the poem at the end
Topic: medieval novel'
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a patent application for the system  I called Cinenym,  which would allow movie editing  attached to the script.  (Note that the pictures are in a separate PDF within this item.) This was before full pictorial display  was possible on computer screens,  so it was intended for use with a videotape controller. The graphical displays were limited to line drawing. However, the intent was to get a broader patent  through the claims, as is always done.
Topics: videotape, script display
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I believe I was the first to invent movie editing  by computer;  my system was patent pending at the time,  but had to be abandoned in 1971   due to lack of funds. In this system the shots were tied to the script  rather than simply visual,  as in the later Avid and Final Cut systems  that later reached the market. This was a presentation to the Society of  Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Topics: video, movies
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a brief description of the CGI system  I worked on for years  (see my book, "The Scene Machine")--  described in print for the 1968 meeting  of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. (It may have appeared in an earlier preprint.)
Topics: photorealism, scene simulation
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This describes the 1971 Xanadu design,  prior to redesign for Hypertyper with Cal Daniels Parallel streams,  "babbling through beds".
Topic: hypertext
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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How shall we visualize time?   (See end for MANY PAGES OF PICTURES.) Clocks and calendars, the usual graphics,  offer only a teeny part of the possibilities.  Spirals (of various kinds) allow visualization  and annotation of time at any resolution. (A partial implementation in VRML  by Kennichi Unnai is one of the illustrations.) This was a patent application,  to be paid for by someone else, a backer. The backer did not come through with the payment  and so no application was filed.
Topics: time, clock, calendar
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Mar 27, 2019 Jean Parke Holm
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These are reworked pencil drawings, done in the 1920s or 1930s,  of actor Fritz Leiber, a friend, in three roles--  KING LEAR, HAMLET and SHYLOCK. (1926, the date required by this format, is a guess.) The artist is my grandmother, Jean Parke Holm,  who raised both my me and my mother,  actress Celeste Holm. The reworked pencil drawing was her chosen medium.  However, she had done Vogue covers at the turn of the century. The originals are lost and these pictures are the best  I can find....
Topics: Hamlet, Shakespeare, Celeste Holm
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Mar 24, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This expresses my love for the family farm,  Galeridge, where my mother and I  both spent our summers. (See video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_YeiLmuixY My great-grandparents, Edmund Gale Jewett  and my great-grandmother,  Blanche Eugenie Jewett,  bought the first parcel in 1921,  almost a century ago. (Edmund has a number of publications  at the Internet Archive.)
Topics: countryside, New Jersey